THE NORTH Carolina man suspected of gunning down a 5-year-old boy who had wandered into his yard had known his victim's family for YEARS.
Darrius Sessoms, 25, is accused of shooting Cannon Hinnant in the head on Sunday while the young boy was playing with his two sisters.
In a bizarre twist, Sessoms was apparently friends with the victim’s family.
“We used to play together and I never thought he’d kill someone,” said Rachel Pipkins, cousin of Cannon’s mother, according to CBS 17.
Sessoms reportedly had eaten dinner with Cannon’s father on Saturday, before the shooting.
The suspect reportedly fled the scene after the alleged shooting but was found and taken into custody on Monday.
The motive for the alleged killing isn’t completely clear, but a GoFundMe.com page set up by the cousin of Cannon’s father asserts that the young boy was killed for wandering onto his Sessoms’ property while playing.
“One minute he is enjoying his life, the next it all ends because he rode into his neighbor's yard,” the page says.
This allegedly prompted Sessoms to walk up to his young neighbor, and shoot him in the head, according to crimeonline.com.
According to The Wilson Times, Sessoms has a criminal record consisting of felony larceny of firearms, and both felony and misdemeanour marijuana charges, and has done months at a time in prison on separate occasions. According to court records, he also has two pending felonies on his record.
Separate shootings of children occurred in Wilson in 2014, and January of this year. The former resulted in death, while the latter resulted in injury.
Pipkin reflected on the tragedy.
"A mother now has to lay her son to rest at 5 years old which she should never have to do. He’ll never be forgotten,” she said.
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